A Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/C.E.O.
Regarding S. 1624 Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017
Our kids should be able to eat safe foods, yet they are continually threatened by chemicals like chlorpyrifos, a pesticide with a long history of poisoning our children. It’s home use was restricted in 2000 and it was scheduled to be completely banned on March 31, 2017 until EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suddenly decided it was safe. Now instead of waiting for Mr. Pruitt’s five year stay of the ban, a group of eight Senators led by New Mexico’s Tom Udall is taking a stand to defend our kids with the introduction of S.1624 ‐Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017. We applaud their efforts and pledge our support.
As pro-life Christians, we believe our children have the right to be born healthy, unhindered by the ravages of pollution even before they take their first breath. All God’s children deserve the right to pure air, clean water and safe foods, yet recent medical studies on chlorpyrifos from Harvard, Columbia, and University of California, acknowledge the brain damage and other developmental impacts to our kids, both born and unborn. We support S.1624 and the leadership of the bill’s original co sponsors: Senators Udall, Blumenthal, Booker, Durbin, Gillibrand, Markey, Harris, Merkley and Cardin. We hope that Republicans will join with them and make defending our children a non-partisan priority.